On Monday, it was reported that Canadian poker pro and 2011 CPT Player of that Year Norman Overdijk, 54, had died in an tragic accident on July 18th, 2015. According to PokerNews, Overdijk and a 26-year-old passenger crashed shortly after takeoff in a two-seater paraplane somwhere in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Herald News reported that the ultralight aircraft failed to lift on takeoff and struck a rural mailbox before crashing into the side of a barn. Overdijk was pronounced dead at the scene while the other passenger was taken to hospital by helicopter with life-threatening injuries.
Overdijk had $121,952 in total live earnings. His best cash was a 5th place finish for $23,854 in the 2011 British Columbia Poker Championships Richmond High Roller. His last cash was a 10th place finish for $1,790 in Charlottetown's PEI Poker Challenge on June 12th.